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Our office is pleased to share that Paragon Films, an Oklahoma-based plastic packaging company, has started operations at its new branch facility in Union Gap. The company worked with our office last year to purchase an existing warehouse building and retrofit it for manufacturing. According to Paragon's Plant Manager Alex Jech, "We are excited to see product rolling off our new line. Over the next few months we will install another production line and really ramp up production." The company has hired 20 employees so far and expects to slowly grow its headcount over the next two to three years.
Paragon is a leader in the stretch wrap industry making several different kinds of plastic film for wrapping pallets. The company needed an additional West Coast facility to handle growing customer demand. Yakima County stood out as their preferred location because of building availability, the quality of our labor force, and the fact that we have a well developed plastics industry that can support the company's needs.
Because of the need to produce new product quickly, Paragon put a big emphasis on finding an existing building. They quickly realized that there are only a handful of large buildings in Washington, Oregon and Nevada that feature high ceilings and rail service. Fortunately for us our partners at Heritage Moultray Realty found them a great fit in Union Gap.